Thursday, July 22, 2010

World Snail Racing Championships ( Ready.. Steady.. SLOW!)

As races go it was not the most action-packed, and despite taking 3m 41s to complete the finely honed athletes only covered 13 inches. Welcome to the World Snail Racing Championship 2010.

The obviously prestigious event takes place annually in Norfolk and sees more than 200 of the world's speediest snails compete in the races which each start with a ref saying: "Ready, steady, SLOW!"

The racers are started at the centre of a circular table and sprint to the circular finish line 13 inches away. After a series of round the winner scoops a silver tankard filled with lettuce.

This year the honour went to Sidney the snail (and 62-year-old owner Claire Lawrence) took the title in a leisurely 3m 41s… that's longer than the 1500m race at the Olympics.


The race begins. Photo: © Tony Scase News Service Ltd

Event organiser, Hilary Scase, said: "Snails like damp conditions and as Congham is surrounded by ponds and is very low lying it is just right for snails. Congham is to snail racing what Newmarket is to horse racing.”



Crowds watched the final Sidney the snail celebrates with lettuce. Photo: © Tony Scase News Service Ltd



Sidney the snail with owner/trainer Claire Lawrence. Photo: © Tony Scase News Service Ltd



Source: www.snailracing.net
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scribadiva said...

This is serious humor!! I really needed a laugh today!!! I may ask you if I can post it on my blog--with your permission, and full attribution. Sweet Tides, Linda
P.S. I don't remember how I signed up' I've got you on Blog Catalog, but did I make it to your site? Do you have Goggle Friend Connect? I just noticed today that I wasn't following you on BC; don't know how that happened, but I remedied the situation. Very cool stuff....Keep it up.

Admin said...

@scribadiva
Thanks & Yes Of course You Can. all of these Pictures & Events are belong to snailracing.net :)

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